July 2011 Archive

TV

Ian Arougheti Joins Innovative Artists As Head Of Comedy Department

EXCLUSIVE: Ian Arougheti has joined talent agency Innovative Artists as head of the comedy department. Arougheti comes from Paradigm, where he worked in the comedy department for the past two years. Arougheti brings with him such clients as David Alan Grier, Rachel Feinstein, Erin Foley and producer Michael Loftus. At Innovative, Arougheti will work with comedy agent Stu… Read

Film

Hollywood Talent Scammer Nick Roses Sentenced For Scheme Putting Kids At Risk

There's a new development in that Los Angeles City Attorney's Office crackdown on Hollywood managers and agencies it believes are running afoul of the state's labor law, the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, which prohibits charging advance fees. Four talent managers have been accused of charging improper fees, the highest-profile one being Nick Roses. Now this week Roses, the one-time 21-year-old wunderkind talent manager based in Studio City, entered a… Read

TV

TCA: Kelsey Grammer On His Dramatic Transformation In Starz's 'Boss'

Kelsey Grammer is taking a dark turn in his first drama series, Starz's upcoming Boss, in which he stars as the ruthless mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. The series, which premieres Oct. 21, marks Grammer's return to television after a two-year break. "I took a break for a while, and there were a lot of reasons I did," he said. "I decided I needed to make a life change.” As for the genre… Read

TV

MTV Greenlights 'Dumb Girls' Comedy Pilot

TCA: MTV Renews 'America's Best Dance Crew', Touts 'Beavis & Butt-Head' Reboot MTV is doubling its bet on Lauren Iungerich, creator/executive producer of the network's new comedy series Awkward, which debuted 10 days ago to solid ratings. MTV has handed a pilot order to another comedy from Iungerich, Dumb Girls. The ensemble project, which will be produced in-house, revolves around a group of twentysomethings who are smart in life but dumb in love. Iungerich is executive… Read

Awards

HAMMOND: Honorary Oscars To Be Voted Next Week; Who Will Get Them?

Tuesday night is a big one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They hold their annual election for president (expect current prexy Tom Sherak to be easily re-elected for his third and final one-year term) and they will choose the 2011 recipients of the Governors Awards, which will be some combination of Honorary Oscars, The Irving G. Thalberg Award and/or the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. At that meeting, Sherak could also tell the board who is going… Read

Film

R.I.P. David Legrant

Longtime bicoastal acting coach David Legrant — whose generations of students included Tobey Maguire, Steve Martin, Danny Glover, Bernadette Peters, Alyson Hannigan and Sarah Gilbert, to name just a few — has died in Los Angeles. He was 87. According to news reports about him, Legrant had a knack for distilling his years' worth of knowledge into memorable phrases like, “If you're going to paint a picture, are you going to paint it with your own eye or someone's else's?”… Read

TV

TCA: MTV Renews 'America's Best Dance Crew', Touts 'Beavis & Butt-Head' Reboot

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. UPDATED: During the MTV Networks session at TCA, MTV EVP and programming head David Janollari announced that the network has renewed for a seventh season its reality series America's Best Dance Crew, executive produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson. The network also said it will bring back Fantasy Factory for a fifth season. And NBC's comedy classic Friends is being picked up by Nick at Nite for nightly run… Read

TV

NFL Lockout Casualty: HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

It looks like we'll have to get our profanity fix elsewhere this fall. Today, HBO Sports and NFL Films announced that HBO's Hard Knocks, a five-episode series that follows a single NFL team during preseason training camp, will not air this season. The companies in a release blamed the lockout-shortened offseason that will condense teams' prep times for the upcoming season, but several teams reportedly declined offers to host the show. The four-month labor stoppage ended… Read

TV

TCA: Oprah Winfrey Eyes “Unity” At OWN, Rosie O'Donnell Tells Why She Picked Network For New Show

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's TCA coverage. TCA: OWN Announces Premiere Dates For 'Rosie' & 'OWN Your Life' Oprah Winfrey blew through the TCA press tour today to address critics at a morning session promoting OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, having been freshly installed as CEO of the network owned by Discovery Communications. She'd acknowledged earlier this summer that she hadn't been dedicating all of her energies to OWN and aimed to change that going forward… Read

TV

TV Guide Network Cancels Newsmagazine 'Hollywood 411', Allen Shapiro Takes Programming Reins After Diane Robina Exits

UPDATE: I hear Diana Robina may return to the Lionsgate fold and is in conversations about a possible corporate position there. EXCLUSIVE: TV Guide Channel has canceled its entertainment news show Hollywood 411. The last edition of the weekly celebrity newsmagazine anchored by The Bachelor host Chris Harrison will air this Sunday. As a result of the cancellation, 25 production staff positions associated with the show are being eliminated. The network is in discussions… Read

Film

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer's $7.9M Compensation Package For FY 2011 Up 116.8% Thanks To Carl Icahn

Billionaire Carl Icahn did a big favor for Lionsgate execs when he accumulated more than 33% of the stock in June 2010. That triggered change-in-control clauses in executives' contracts, accelerating their stock payments for the fiscal year that ended this past March. An SEC filing out today shows that Feltheimer received $1.2M in salary and a $1.9M bonus — but nearly $4.8M in stock, up from $412,800 the previous year. The company also paid for personal expenses including… Read

Film

AGENCY MUSICAL CHAIRS: Buchwald's Youth Department Moves To Abrams Artists

And round and round they go. Just days after Paradigm poached the key members of Abrams Artists' Youth Department, Abrams has hired the agents of the Youth Department at Buchwald/Fortitude. We hear the entire department — head Pamela Fisher, senior agent Chrissy Eaden and junior agent Famata Kamara — left Buchwald/Fortitude yesterday and will start at Abrams on Monday, bringing their clients with them. They'll join Domina Holbeck and Jeremy Apody already in Los Angeles… Read